She asks us to come see the beautiful house they’ve just created, and when we come outside, a lovely fairy house awaits.
It has a wooden gate, a bird’s nest on a tree nearby, and some flowers in the garden. She’s having a blast creating worlds with her playmates.
When you live 1,300 km apart, getting together with your cousins is an event, and the kids enjoy each others’ company.
The cousins play Lego, pull each other in the wagon outside, and make use of the lovely hammock in the boys’ room.
My sister cooks lovely meals and we chat about all kinds of things around the dinner table.
Tina and Mike treat us to lunch after church on Sunday, and we’re very thankful. My sister, Tina, reads to the kids before bed, and it’s a nice moment to get to know some new-to-them books with a different reader.
In addition to story time, we get some schooling in, too, while we’re at my sister’s. In our family, all the cousins are homeschooled.
Our family leads a pretty eclectic homeschooling life; my brother’s kids follow a Catholic curriculum, and my sister’s kids follow Charlotte Mason. While we all educate our kids a little bit differently, we have one thing in common: we agree that learning doesn’t have to happen just during school hours. So, with our kids in their PJs, we had a bit of an improptu science lesson. We don’t own a microscope (yet), so my kids thought it was super cool to get to use one.
After lots of fun with the cousins, we made our way to Naperville and Chicago. More about those visits in the next post!